High heat kanekalon is a type of synthetic fiber used for wig making, braids, and dreads. It's quite durable and tough, and has a heat resistance of 250°F (120°C), sometimes higher. It's much softer and silkier than kanekalon and can be a bit slippery. It comes in a considerably wider range of colors than regular kk, though, so sometimes it's worth the effort to work with!
High heat kanekalon does not shrink down like regular kanekalon and will stay quite soft even when it's set.
Boiling water generally isn't hot enough to seal high heat kanekalon. We recommend using a steamer or a wet wash cloth and straightener to seal dreads. High heat kanekalon is best suited for crochet dreads. For braids, it's best to seal the ends with rubber bands or thread, or use a damp cloth/straightener (like with dreads).
Length: 24" folded, 48" unfolded (60 cm folded, 120 cm unfolded).
Weight: 2.8 ounces (80 g).
Texture: Smooth, only very slightly kinky yaky texture. High heat kanekalon is very soft and somewhat slippery compared to regular kanekalon.
Brand: I Kick Shins.
Color: Twilight (cool dark purple at the top fading down to a medium blue, then a bright, pinkish lilac at the tips, and light/pastel pink at the tips.
In the ninth and tenth pictures, Yvette is wearing box braids made from Twilight high heat kanekalon.
In the eleventh picture, Floofyfeather is also wearing Twilight.
The last two pictures show the following:
- Twilight high heat kanekalon on the left and Deep Purple, Navy Blue, Orchid, and Pastel Pink kk jumbo braid on the right. Deep Purple and Navy Blue are a little darker than the colors in Twilight. Orchid is darker, pinker, and more saturated than the lighter purple. Pastel Pink in a close match to the pink at the ends, but a bit warmer. Light Pink high heat kanekalon is also similar to the color at the ends.
- Cotton Candy on the left, Twilight in the center, and Dream on the right.